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Lights will be turned off in the underground for a few moments to show how dark the working conditions were. There will be total darkness for a moment or two, followed by a demonstration of working conditions by candlelight.
Children may notice the dark, cold, damp and noisy conditions of the tunnel more than an adult.
Please judge accordingly your decision to take young children underground. Our Admissions Staff can give you helpful suggestions and options.
In the underground tour there are a few loud moments when the drills are run. There is lots of warning and you will be provided with earplugs so that you can cover a child’s ears during the short but loud demonstrations.
At the end of BOOM! there is about 30 seconds of loud noise.
A Heritage Interpreter describes the conditions of mining in the past; the tour is designed for a mixed but primarily adult audience. The train ride is fun – but not the focus of the tour. It lasts around 3 minutes.
The full underground tour is 35 minutes. You will then exit the tunnel and watch BOOM! in the Mill for a further 15 minutes.
We ask that parents/guardians keep in mind the pleasure and interests of others on the tour. Some young children can be impatient at listening which can be distracting
All children must wear a hard hat and one will be provided to a parent or guardian so that everyone has a hard hat underground. You may need to hold it over the child’s head. Our tunnel is extremely safe and inspected regularly. Hardhats underground are the law under the BC Mines Act.
If in the event you feel you must leave the tour with your child, your guide will be able to tell you when it is appropriate to do so and how to exit the tunnel.